Pros: Easy to follow, easy to buy, see results quickly, medically sound.
Cons: some adjustments to past eating habits.
I began Medifast two weeks ago after much research which included epinions! Also, two people I new have successfully used it (I didn't know that was how they lost the weight until I asked if they had ever heard of Medifast). The Medifast MODIFIED PLAN means you have 4 to 5 supplements a day plus a daily meal of 5 oz of lean meat and vegies/salad. These supplements have healthy soy protein and all the necessary vitamins/minerals and consist of many choices such as shakes, soups, oatmeal and chili. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine did an efficacy study of the medically-supervised, protein-supplemented modified fasting program Medifast. Twenty patient charts were selected randomly from 20 randomly selected Medifast clinics nationwide. The patients were ones that had completed the program in the past two years. 46% (185 patients) had completed 16 weeks on the program. The abstract for this study is rather lengthy but the bottom line conclusion was that medically-supervised, protein-supplemented modified fasting programs offer a safe, effective weight reduction and even have benefits of improving other health problems (high blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides). Three programs are available to aid in your weight loss. The COMPLETE PROGRAM consists of 5 to 6 Medifast supplements a day and no food. Medifast replaces all meals. The MODIFIED PLAN which is explained above. The OPTIMAL HEALTH/MAINTENANCE PLAN combines 2 to 5 Medifast supplements and healthy food. This plan is for those that need to lose less than 15 pounds. After your desired weight is off there is a 6 week plan to aid you in SLOWLY going of the fast and incorporating healthy food back into your diet. This is crucial as your body has been accustomed to a very low caloric intake (500 to 1200 calories depending on which plan you followed). This balance of the Medifast program aid your body in achieving a mild level of ketosis (fat stores release free fatty acids which convert by the liver into energy called ketones). Medifast is the #1 Physician Recommended Weight Loss Program in America and has the endorsement of over 15,000 doctors. Now, the ease of obtaining the program makes this a choice easy to obtain. Instead of only being sold by doctors, Medifast has on-line Health Advisors that can help you get started and answer questions. You may also find a Health Advisor in your local neighborhood. These people have been trained to help you achieve your success in weight loss and healthier living. In fact, I am so enthused about this plan that I am going to train to be a Health Advisor so I can share this plan with others! To follow the program all is need is one little QUICK START HANDBOOK that comes with your first order, but also available are various books and guides for more inspiration and recipes. I order my product on-line (you must have a Health Advisor's ID number to order ANY product) and have talked to the phone staff who have been most kind and helpful. You can also order product via phone or Fax and payment is accepted either by Credit Card or Bank Draft. My Health Advisor is my mentor and inspiration. She has lost her weight, kept it off and her enthusiasm encourages me.
I have carried 40 extra pounds for 13 years after the birth of our child. I have been a "professional dieter" trying almost every diet plan, gimmick and dinner except prescription meds.
2 Weeks - Me, 7.5 pound loss; Mother, 8.5 pound loss, blood sugar down 100 points.
First week for my Dad - loss of 7.5 pounds, blood pressure down 30 points.
3 Weeks - Me, 9.25 pound loss, Mother and Dad are out of town but I know Mom's blood sugar continues to be in the 150-190 range.
4 Weeks - Me, 15 pound loss, Mother and Dad 20 pounds We are feeling great! Energy is high. The past week, there have been times I have forgotten to eat. Finally food is not on my mind constantly.
5 Weeks - Treated my self to not weighing because my reward was getting into those size 14 jeans that button!(no elastic waist) I feel healthy, in charge and great about myself. Took my test to become a Health Advisor. I AM SO EXCITED!
7 Weeks - 22 pounds for me so far. People are starting to notice the weight loss and asking me and complimenting me and I feel so good about myself. I feel healthier than i have in YEARS. My mom has lost over 25 pounds, she was in a size 24 and is down to an 18. My dad is at a loss of 28 pounds, he is going to have to buy new pants his are sooo baggy. I passed my HEALTH ADVISOR test and I can now recommend and guide others to this wonderful, proven weightloss program (You have to have a HEALTH ADVISORs number to order from online or through the 1-800 number). AND..my husband has watched me lose for long enough, he is seeing my results and started his plan 2 days ago! this is WONDERFUL..I just want the whole world to know.
8 Weeks - over 25 pounds loss, my size 14 is even starting to fit loose, and my closet is almost empty..I need to buy some new clothes..EVERYONE is losing more pounds every week. Hubby's first week was an 8 pound loss. Believe me, if he can do this program, ANYONE can. He is so picky about how his food tastes, but he loves these products and he is seeing such immediate and great results that he says there is no way he is turning back. Two cousins are now joining program and my teenage son who has a few pounds to lose has joined us too.
16 Weeks - OUR SUCCESS CONTINUES TO GROW..well, actually to shrink. I've lost my 30 pounds and have decided to go on for the last 10 pounds. I am in a size 10!! All new clothes now and an all new me. I have so much energy and feel so wonderful about myself. I am continually amazed at how easy this program is. My teenage son who at 14yrs had topped off at 190, has been on the program for 9 weeks and now he is at 169 pounds. He is so excited for his successes. He is going back into the school year as whole new man. All together, with the 5 of us (husband, son, parents and myself) we have lost 160 pounds..AND STILL LOSING.
It is quickly approaching my one year anniversary of when I first began the Medifast Take Shape For Life program. I am GLAD to say, I lost 50 pounds, fit in loose size 10..maintained the weight loss during the holidays and feel and look better than I have in 15 years!! This is a Doctor approved program as you can read when you go to the website and so many new updates in the past year (in regards to the Low Carb, High Protien) to the health industry and successful weight loss. I cannot express enough the great satisfaction I have experienced. I have even more testimonies of friends and family that also desired weightloss and healthy living and joined me on this journey.